Sister Barbara served in elementary and secondary education as both teacher and principal in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio for 18 years. Sister served as dean of students at Nazareth College, Nazareth, Kentucky, from 1966–1970. From 1973–80 she served as provincial of the SCN Eastern Province of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Massachusetts. In Louisville, Sister Barbara served as chaplain of Our Lady of Peace Hospital from 1988-92 and as part-time chaplain from 1993-95. She also served as part-time chaplain at Caritas Peace Center from 1995-98. From 1998-2002 Sister served as director of alumni relations for the Office of Congregational Advancement. In April 2015, Sister became a resident at Nazareth Home where she served in the Apostolate of Prayer.
Survivors include one sister, Ann Kemper of Louisville, Kentucky., nieces and nephews, and her religious Community.